Origin of Carrie

The English meaning of Carrie is a shortened version of the name Carol or Caroline. It is also a feminine version of the male name Charles. Other versions of Carrie include: Kerri, Cary, Kari, Cerry, and Cari.


From 1880-1890 the name Carrie was consistently in the top thirty baby names. From that time, Carrie remained in the top 100 names until 1914, where it remained on a steady decline until 1968 when Carrie again became a top 100 name choice until 1985.

Famous People called Carrie

Correlating with the increase in popularity of Carrie is the 1967 release of a single by The Hollies titled “Carrie Ann.” Perhaps the Stephen King movie “Carrie” released to the big screen in 1976 helped keep the name relevant, or the hugely successful beginning of the Star Wars franchise staring Carrie Fisher released in 1977, 1980, 1983, 1984, and 1985.

Carrie can also be linked to a single by the band Europe simply titled “Carrie” and released in 1986. Most recently the name can be linked to the popular television series “The Good Wife” where Matt Czuchry appears as Cary Agos. Despite the moniker being attached to a male character, it is possible the reminder of the once popular Carrie will again send the name into the top 100 list of girls’ names.

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